The Fruits of the Holy Spirit in a Time of Covid-19

During these times of the COVID-19 pandemic and social unrest, we can easily feel a myriad of emotions. The stress of these challenging times can affect our mental health and family dynamics, as well as our relationships with friends and colleagues. We may be struggling with anxiety, impatience, and irritability. Parents might feel short-tempered with … Continued

What’s in a Name? Quite a Bit, Actually

A dear friend of mine and her husband recently welcomed their first child into the world. While we were chatting and she was sharing some details, I learned of the darling angel’s name: Celeste.  Known as a punster, I could not help but joke the proud parents must feel like they’re in heaven, given their … Continued

Making Our Lives Campaigns for Christ

My brother-in-law has recently introduced a clever opportunity for his axe-throwing company to draw in customers. As a small business operator, he, like many other owners and managers, is always exploring various ways to attract interest, stay competitive, and remain operational.  Through email or video rollouts and TV, radio and online advertisements, marketing campaigns must … Continued

Who Is God? Can He Help Me Now?

During this period of pandemic, virtually everyone has witnessed or experienced sweeping changes in life.  Individuals may have suffered from the coronavirus or may know someone who has. People have lost work due to layoffs or business shutdowns. Others have endured increased challenges working from home, adapting to a different schedule or limited resources. Students … Continued

Catholic Teacher Offers Homeschooling Tips for Parents

Do you remember back as a child when people asked what you wanted to be when you grew up?  Some of us likely mentioned such dreams as doctor or lawyer, astronaut, or athlete. Others may have said actor, or police officer, builder, or superhero.  There are so many professions a child could name, but I … Continued

If Lent Makes You Sad, Read This

The time has come once again when we are to keep the curtains and blinds closed, and make sure our daily wardrobe features nothing but black.  Yes, we now tap into our Spotify and iTunes, searching for music under the heading of “unhappy” or “feeling the blues.”  Just as we prepare to turn our clocks … Continued

Lent 101: What Every Catholic Should Know

On Tuesday, Catholics and other Christians around the world will enjoy one last hoorah of indulgence, spoiling ourselves before focusing our attention on self-improvement and spiritual growth leading up to Easter.  Whether at a local church or in our own kitchen, we may open our cupboards and pull out any and all ingredients needed to … Continued

A Practical Guide to Lent for Beginners

On Tuesday, Catholics and other Christians around the world will enjoy one last hoorah of indulgence, spoiling ourselves before focusing our attention on self-improvement and spiritual growth leading up to Easter.  Whether at a local church or in our own kitchen, we may open our cupboards and pull out any and all ingredients needed to … Continued

Addressing Excessive Cursing and Swearing among Teenagers

Few matters irritate me more than hearing a teenager swear. Especially when in a Catholic school, I consider cursing to be as foul as a stinky cologne.

Advent Meditation: The Nativity through Joseph’s Eyes.

In this reflection, we contemplate what Joseph may have been thinking during the events in the Gospels’ Nativity narratives. To journey deeper with Joseph, check out Ascension’s Rejoice! Advent Meditations with Joseph by Fr. Mark Toups. Every year on my birthday, my mom calls to send along happy birthday wishes. During our call, she will … Continued

Using Faith to Balance Work, Play, and Family Time

One activity our family enjoys most is heading to the park together on a sunny afternoon.  When weather allows, we will hop on our bikes or simply walk over to one of the several playgrounds in our neighborhood and have our pick of many fun options.  Sure, there is the tire swing and the chain … Continued

The Faith Life of 11 Catholic Celebrities

Whether or not you like this or that celebrity, our day-to-day surfing and browsing will often bring them to our screens—but it’s rare to discover that a celebrity actually practices the Catholic Faith in any capacity. Below are some of the high-profile figures who have professed that they are Catholic. Stephen Colbert Colbert dubs himself … Continued
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